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Fire Safety and the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of Romulus/Taylor

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flames and smoke from a bonfire. Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Romulus to learn more.

In the summer, people are typically looking forward to all the extra free time with family. It’s a reminder that the days are long—and an invitation to get outdoors.

With summertime comes barbecues and camping trips with roasting marshmallows, but it also means an increase in fire activities.

Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? Just by paying attention, though, you can do your part in preventing fires this summer.

What to Pay Attention To

Fire pits. Fire pits create the best ambiance for friends to gather, laugh and tell stories. But it is also important to play it safe. Remember not to ever leave your kids unattended around a fire. Keep a bucket of water near the fire pit, or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should also never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

The grill. BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers…they all remind us of a hot summer day, but the grill is also the biggest risk for fires. The combination of flames, heat, grease and gas can make things escalate quickly. Before you start the grill up, check to make sure the grill is in proper working order, is placed at least three feet away from everything, and is cleaned before each use. Cleaning the grill before use is the best tip there is, because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned out rather than waiting until winter. This helps avoid a dangerous buildup of ash and coals. Clean your dryer vent pipes as a once-a-year checkup for trapped lint. P.S. This also helps maintain your dryer and helps it last longer!

We have technicians on hand 24/7 for emergencies. If you have fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there to get it cleaned! Contact SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor today to experience the SERVPRO difference.

After Flood Safety Tips

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Still water with the SERVPRO orange house logo. Floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business.

Floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of Romulus has some tips to help: 

Safety first. If you have standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that ALL electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, contact a professional to help disconnect power. 

Do not wait. When you are dealing with water damage, it is important that you take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Romulus arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. 

The experts at SERVPRO of Romulus offer 24-hour emergency water damage service. Call 734-992-3138 to get connected with our team. 

Fight mold. Getting your space dried out as quickly as possible is crucial to avoiding dangerous mold setting in. While things can dry out naturally, this is not guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. SERVPRO has a scientific approach to drying that can help speed up the process and keep mold at bay. 

Give your valuables some love. While not everything can be saved after a flood, you may be surprised at what can be salvaged. Let SERVPRO of Romulus remove your wet items from the flooded area and take them to our facility for restoration. SERVPRO of Romulus specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that cannot be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. 

Check for structural integrity. Sometimes a flood can compromise a building’s foundation. This can lead to bigger problems down the road if not addressed immediately. Contact a trusted contractor to assess your facility’s foundation after a flood to make sure it is in good condition and make the recommended improvements if necessary. 

Flood damage after a storm can be devastating and stressful, but with help from the pros at SERVPRO Romulus, you will soon have your life back “Like it never even happened.” 

Flood Zones and Your Home

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Flood sign placed in front of water. Are you wondering if your home is a high flood risk?

Are you wondering if your home is a high flood risk? One way to know this is to determine if your home is located in a flood zone. Here are a few things you may wish to know about these zones and how they affect your home. 

What Are Flood Zones 

Flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to flooding. This may include being at the bottom of a watershed, coastal areas, areas near rivers, and areas that experience frequent storms. FEMA sets these risk levels, and they should be marked on your local communities Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which you can look at by going to your local zoning office. 

Is Flood Insurance Necessary 

In the event your home is determined to be at risk by its position in a flood zone, you may be wondering what, if any, additional insurance will be required. The best way to determine this is to talk to your insurance agent about what is included in your existing plan, and if any supplemental plans are available for additional coverage. It is important to note than in many cases flood insurance is considered a separate policy. 

How to Deal with a Flood in the Home 

If a storm does cause flooding in your home, then it is best to contact a flood damage restoration service as quickly as possible. These professionals have the tools necessary to move large quantities of water and can also make any repairs your home may need. The restoration team can also check for any additional problems flood water may cause, such as potential mold growth. 

As explained earlier flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to a flood. It is important to note that in some cases having a home inside a flood zone can affect your flood insurance coverage. 

If your home does experience flooding, we are here to help! Our team has experience with flood damage, and we will work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Grease Fires

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Man takes burning pan and places it into a kitchen sink. Grease fires are the most dangerous when it comes to cooking fires.

Grease fires are the most dangerous when it comes to cooking fires and are responsible for 1 in every 5 home fire deaths. Below are some tips on how to prevent and put out grease fires. These tips could help save your or a loved one's life. 

Prevention 

  • Before you start cooking make sure burner is cool and wipe up any spills. 
  • Pay attention to heat ratings for cooking oil. Some oils can be heated more than others before catching fire so if you are cooking and notice the oil start to smoke that means it is close to catching fire. 
  • As soon as you start to see it smoke carefully remove the pan from the heat source. 
  • Avoid heating grease before putting food into it because when you drop food in it can make the grease splash out which in turn can cause grease burns or it can also hit the heat source and catch fire. 
  • Carefully clean spills as soon as they happen by first removing food from heat source, turning off heat source, and waiting for burner to cool. 
  • When deep frying make sure you use a pan or cooking container big enough. 
  • Use a utensil that will allow you to put the food into the grease without dropping and without your hands coming close to the hot grease. 
  • Use a screen that covers the pan to reduce the chance of splatters outside the pan. 
  • If you are a new or inexperienced cook do not attempt to deep fry for the first time unless you have an experienced cook with you. 
  • NEVER add water to grease. 

Putting out a grease fire 

  • Turn off source of heat 
  • Do NOT pour water on it. Water and oil do not mix and when you add water it will sink right to the bottom and evaporate instantly, spreading flaming oil everywhere. 
  • Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. Cover with another pot or baking pan. 
  • If you cannot cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it. 

If you have a grease fire, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Romulus specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel and equipment to restore your home quickly to pre-fire conditions. 

Prepare Your Home for Floods

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

A bedroom with mold damaged walls and ruined household items. These moldy walls were caused by flooding.

As Michigan residents, we know that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded mess that needs extensive repairs. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is prepared, the damage can be minimized. Here are tips to prepare your home for flooding:  

  1. Install a Sump Pump 
    Sump pumps are installed in a pit in the lowest part of the home, such as the basement or crawlspace, and are designed to prevent water from entering the home. They automatically work to pump water out when it rises to a certain level.  
  1. Raise Electric Components 
    Along with water damageflooding also creates potential fire hazard situations. It is recommended that wiring, outlets, sockets and other electrical components be at least 12 inches above the structure’s projected flood elevation. A licensed electrician can raise them to meet those requirements.  
  1. Waterproof Basements 
    An easy way to keep basements dry is to regularly maintain outside the home. Along with keep gutters and drains free of debris, verifying the property slopes, and properly diverts water can keep water flowing away from the home.  
  1. Keep Supplies On-hand 
    Flood water can come on fast and rapidly rise. If you know you have foundation issues or haven’t cleaned the gutters yet, keeping supplies, such as sandbags and tarps, on-hand can minimize the amount of water entering the home.  
  1. Maintain a Checklist 
    Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t care. When that happens, it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do and precautions are taken to minimize damage. The checklist should be easily accessible and include items such as disconnecting appliances and turning off the main power, gas line, and water supply.  

  
Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage.  

Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Flood Damage  

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Romulus are ready to help 24/7. Whether your home or business is affected by storm, or if it’s flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition. Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Unexpected Fire Hazards in Your Home

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire burning through a window. Not all fire hazards are so predictable.

Some of the most dangerous fire hazards in your home are completely unexpected and are things you might not think about on a daily basis. Not all fire hazards are so predictable like leaving a candle unattended or smoking inside your house. The lesser-known fire hazards are just as troubling than most common ones because you do not see them coming until it is too late. 

Here are some unexpected fire hazards in your home that you should pay attention to: 

  • Dryer lint – Excessive heat and lint buildup is just asking for trouble. It is important to clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly. 
  • Dust – Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and start a house fire. Be sure to look under appliances and remove dust buildup. 
  • Gas water heater – Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on. 
  • Laptops – Laptops running for long periods of time tend to get fairly hot. A hot laptop that is left on a bed, couch, blanket or other soft surfaces can prevent air flow in and out of the cooling vents. This can produce enough heat to ignite and start a fire. 
  • Crumbs in the toaster – Have you checked your toaster crumbs recently? As crumbs pile up on the bottom, a spark can easily catch fire and start a flame that catches on to items surrounding the toaster. 
  • Leaves in gutters – Allowing leaves to gather up in your gutters or bushes to over grow can cause a major fire risk. Be sure to clean your gutters and your lawn regularly to reduce the risk of a fire. 

An unexpected fire is devastating and can destroy your home along with your personal belongs. Be proactive in protecting your home from a fire hazard. Be alert and check your house routinely. If the unimaginable ever does happen, we are always ready to help. 

Prepare for Tornadoes

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado touches down behind a thick tree line. Tornadoes can quickly rip through communities destroying buildings, homes and can produce deadly flying debris.

Tornadoes can quickly rip through communities destroying buildings, homes and can produce deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are nothing to mess with and it is crucial to act quickly if one comes through the area. Here are some tips to prepare for tornadoes in Michigan: 

Under a tornado warning? Find shelter immediately: 

  • Stay away from windows, outside walls, and doors. 
  • Find a safe and sturdy building. 
  • Stay in a low and flat location. 
  • It is best to go into a basement or storm cellar. 
  • If you do not have a basement, go to a small interior room on the lowest level (avoiding windows). 
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck. 
  • Watch for flying debris. 

How to prepare: 

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. By living in the Midwest, we have a larger risk of tornadoes. 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. 
  • Know the signs of a tornado. 
  • Funnel cloud 
  • Cloud of debris 
  • Loud roar like a freight train 
  • Pay close attention to weather reports. 
  • Choose a safe place and practice going there with your family to prepare. 
  • Always keep a safe distance away from others in your safe shelter. 

What to do during: 

  • Go to your safe shelter immediately. 
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. 
  • Cover your head and neck for extra protection. 
  • Listen to your local alert systems for current emergency information. You can also listen to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio for information. 
  • If you happen to be outside or in your car, cover your arms and body with a coat or blanket. 

What to do after: 

  • Continue listening to your local alert system, EAS or NOAA Weather Radio for updates. 
  • If you happen to be trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. 
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are safe. 
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. 
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines. 

For more information, visit ready.gov on how to prepare for tornadoes. 

Flood Tips

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty water crashes together to make waves from flooding. Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread disasters in the United States.

If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business: 

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. 
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances. 
  • Move vehicles out of low-lying parking garages. 
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor. 

AFTER A FLOOD 

Safety First! 

  • Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts. 
  • If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. 
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. 
  • Do not walk-through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. 
  • Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). 
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. 
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. 
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink. 
  • Return only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

SECURE THE PROPERTY 

  • Contact local emergency officials. 
  • Secure main entrances to building. 
  • Alert Security company and Alarm company of the situation. 

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant and fire pumps, keeping them in service if at all possible. 
  • Open basement or low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls. 
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local emergency officials deem the structure safe to enter. 
  • Notify your insurance agent or Risk Manager to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take. 

If you have flood damage, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water is pumped out and into SERVPRO water tank. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

SERVPRO of Romulus can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.  

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.  

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service  
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster  
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises  
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists  

We Answer the Phone Ready to help. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Call Today 734-992-3138. We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Romulus has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.  

What to Expect  

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.  

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:  

  • Your name and contact information  
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)  
  • The street address of the water-damaged business  
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?  
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?  
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?  

About SERVPRO  

SERVPRO of Romulus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  

We live and work in this community too. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Romulus is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. 

Roof Leak Prevention

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with a SERVPRO logo in the upper left corner. Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner.

We have all been told from time to time to “Be thankful you have a roof over your head.” When you become a homeowner, you realize how the roof plays a vital role in safeguarding your home from rain, wind, storms and extreme temperatures. Because of this, you should be paying close attention to your roof and making sure it is in great shape.   

Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner. They are frustrating because of the damage it can cause to your home. It is also very common for roof leaks to do unnoticed for quite some time. Unfortunately, they are noticed when there is already a significant amount of damage done to your home. 

As a homeowner, you need to be alerted to avoid these situations. Follow these tips for prevention measures: 

  • Have regular roof inspections – Have a trained professional inspect your roof. This is essential in spotting early signs of roof damage. 
  • Pay attention to roof flashings – Without good, secure flashings around chimneys, vents, wall/roof junctions, skylights, water can enter a home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, insultation and even electrical systems. 
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts – Gutters and downspouts that are full of leaves and debris will cause water to back up under your roof shingles causing potential leaks and water damage. 
  • Do not block ventilation – Proper attic ventilation will help prevent structural damage caused by moisture and increase roofing material life. 
  • Keep trees and bushes away – Leaves and falling limbs can cause moisture problems from algae and rot, damage to roof tiles and clogged gutters. 

If your roof does happen to have leak and caused water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.